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Campaign Notebook: Murphy Attacks McMahon, Defends Self

News and updates from the campaign trail in Connecticut.

Senate

On Sunday, Democratic candidate Chris Murphy attacked Republican candidate Linda McMahon while defending himself against Democratic rival Susan Bysiewicz, who accused him of accepting more campaign donations from Wall Street than any other Democratic candidate, reports the Norwich Bulletin

Murphy explained that people in different industries in Connecticut have contributed to his campaign. "Not all of us are Linda McMahon. Not all of us can make money off selling violence and making fun of the vulnerable to kids," the candidate said. "Some of us have to raise money from people in lots of industries."

Third District

Rosa DeLauro (D): DeLauro wrote a letter to The New York Times promoting her Healthy Families Act, which would allow workers to have up to seven paid sick days per year. 

Wayne Winsley (R): Winsley visited the Ansonia Senior Center on Friday, according to his Facebook page

Fourth District

The Connecticut Post reports that fourth district candidates Representative Himes (D) and challenger Steve Obsitnik (R) are almost equal in wealth, according to their financial disclosure reports. Obsitnik's average net worth was $2.6 million and Himes' is $2.4 million.  

Fifth District 

Dan Roberti (D): Roberti has been endorsed by former President Bill Clinton reports WTNH News 8. "He's always working to make a difference for other people, and he's good at it. That's why I know that in Congress he will bring fresh ideas to get our economy moving again, while protecting Social Security and Medicare and supporting women's rights," President Clinton said. 

Andrew Roraback (R): Roraback has spent $25,000 of his own money on his campaign, reports The Register Citizen. This may have resulted from the candidate's need to respond to attacks from his Republican opponents as well as a Democratic super PAC.  

Second District

Paul Formica (R): Formica this weekend lauded Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as a running mate, saying it would take the country in a better direction if the pair is elected. “Governor Romney’s choice of Congressman Paul Ryan is the right direction for America and will provide the leadership needed to fix the fiscal crisis our country currently faces,” Formica said on his Facebook page.

Joseph Courtney (D): Courtney took a dim view of Romney’s VP choice, issuing a statement this weekend saying that Ryan’s inclusion on the ticket “affirms a Republican commitment to policies detrimental to middle class families, seniors and small businesses. As chairman of the House Budget Committee, Congressman Ryan crafted a budget plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program, extend additional tax cuts for millionaires and slash education programs, including college aid.”

Daria Novak (R): In a statement she issued, Novak said Romney made a “bold choice” in selecting Ryan. “This is our year to return our Nation to the ideas, freedom, and prosperity that made it great. Paul Ryan brings a working class background, sound understanding of economic issues, pro-life stance, and a host of other positives to the ticket.”

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